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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year. Grade 7.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th August 2019
Closes: 26th September 2019
Job Ref: 81198

Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Professor Colin Watts and Dr Chiara Bardella are seeking a highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral position to work within a brain cancer research programme that seeks to understand the mechanisms that underpin the functional evolution of brain cancer and the impact of therapy. 

Specifically, the post holder will investigate the impact of clonal diversity of cancer evolution and the emergence of treatment resistant disease in the context of IDH mutation and/or metabolic stress.

With a PhD in a relevant subject area and laboratory experience in cancer biology, you are expected to have practical experience in culturing primary cells, phenotyping, molecular cloning and functional assays. Proven experience in the isolation and enrichment of cancer cell subsets including immune cells and tumour-associated stroma from fresh tumour tissue will be required together with experience using & working with animal models of cancer in vivo.

The main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • To plan and develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes.
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Design a successful programme of investigation, managing individual components of the study from the start of the project to dissemination of research findings for publication, research seminars etc within set timeframes.
  • Make and contribute to decisions on day to day matters that affect their own work and that of the team
  • Keep abreast of the literature and maintain a good working knowledge of the background and current developments in the field of the project.
  • Attend research seminars, meetings and conferences and undertake training courses where required.
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and for future collaboration.

The successful candidate will need to have:

  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications or experience
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Colin Watts Email: or Chiara Bardella Email: 

Closing date: 26 September 2019                                        

Reference: 81198

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit  Please quote Job Ref 81198 in all enquiries.

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